The Taboo Against (Healthy) Pleasure

Why the Revolution Starts With You

life is art

“Life is grim.”

That was one of my late grandfather’s stock responses to my mother when my mom was a child and couldn’t have or do something she wanted.

His other chestnut was a paraphrase of one of Jesus’ sayings in the Sermon on the Mount: “Into each life some rain must fall.”

We all heard things like this when we were kids. Often delivered either in a tone of mocking humor that demonstrated – consciously or not – the parent’s contempt for our desires. Or laced with enough anger to shut us up and back us down. Continue reading

Tales of a 4th Grade Cut-Up

Kids Creating Music

This is the story of how 12 fourth-graders with a smart, creative teacher wrote and recorded a catchy pop anthem about danger, pandas, Olaf the snowman, and electrical engineers…all in less than an hour.

rough mix Dangerous PandaLast April my daughter’s 4th Grade teacher, Miss Armstrong, invited me to teach a songwriting workshop to her class at St. George’s Episcopal School in New Orleans.

We explored Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of Flow and how making music and art gets us into the flow state. I introduced the students to the idea of cut-ups – a technique used by the Dadaists, Beats, and more recently by David Bowie and by Thom Yorke of Radiohead.

And we embraced limitations as a creative virtue. The limits we worked under included:

  1. We will write and record a song in one class period.
  2. Lyrics should relate to one of the four student-voted themes.
  3. Everyone who volunteers to sing gets included in the song.
  4. Create a rough mix the students could listen to by the end of the school day.
  5. Use only the sounds recorded and played in the classroom to produce the final version of the song.

Dangerous Panda!

As mentioned in the podcast, we did go off the reservation a bit regarding the chosen themes. I asked for ideas and my daughter wrote a list of about 10 potential themes on the chalkboard. The class then voted for four of them: danger, pandas, Miss Armstrong, and Olaf. As you’ll hear, several other themes found their way into the song.

4th Grade songwriters

The creative minds and voices behind Dangerous Panda.

But hey – the beauty of a creative philosophy doesn’t lie in how rigorously you can adhere to it. The beauty of embracing limits is that it forces you to focus so you can get things done. And then you can share your creative genius with the world!

Listen to the podcast:

Money, Slavery, Freedom & the Future

Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

Soul Mantra 17In this week’s podcast, DK explores insights from the Venus retrograde: how we’re trained to apologize for being who we are and why we should all get together and stop it.

“I know I am august,
I do not trouble my spirit to vindicate itself or be understood,
I see that the elementary laws never apologize,
(I reckon I behave no prouder than the level I plant my house by, after all.)

I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.”

— Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

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Soul Mantra

Positive Reinforcement

In times like these, I need frequent reminding that Life will take care of me if I listen to my soul and not to the voices of fear. This soul mantra is fun, upbeat and designed to hypnotize you into remembering that you are the center. May it lift your spirits and bring you back to what’s real.

Personalize It!

Soul Mantra 17Want a personalized version of the song? I’ll record your name at the start of the bridge (Hey, Mary, what you gonna do today to celebrate the beauty that you are?”) and change the “child in your soul” to female or male as you wish.

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Personalized Soul Mantra – $10


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Songs I Made in 2016

Playlist: DK’s 2016 Musical Output

Right as Mercury was about to station retrograde in December I promised my supporters on Patreon I would put together a playlist of the songs I had completed in 2016. This week I finally got to the project, and I have to tell you – I’m really proud of myself. I still like the songs – which is always cool – but I think I’m proudest of the fact I kept doing the work. During a year when it would have been easy to kick my inner artist out of the studio and tell him to come back later when circumstances weren’t so challenging, I didn’t do that. I honored the Muse with my perseverance and attention. And she gave gave me these lovely melodies (and a few words) to share with you.

[Mouseover the song titles to reveal play button and scroll for more songs.] Continue reading

Get a Reading and Support Standing Rock

Standing Rock: A Defining Moment for America

Photo by tradlands on Flickr - Creative Commons 3.0

Photo by tradlands on Flickr – Creative Commons 3.0

2016 seems destined to go down in history as one of those years when everything changed. I believe what’s happening at Standing Rock is the defining moment of this time. It encapsulates so many of the choices facing us as humans and as a society. It’s easy to boil it down to “Water vs Oil” but the stand-off at the Missouri River symbolizes so many of the burning issues of our time: institutionalized racism and state-sponsored terrorism, climate change and alternative energy, and corporate exploitation of the poor and of the ever-shrinking middle class.

Pluto and Our Collective Shadow

Pluto has been opposing the USA’s natal Sun for the last three years and will soon return to its position in the USA’s birth chart for the first time since the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Pluto always exposes the shadow side of things, and we are seeing America’s shadow side in the showdown at Standing Rock. This is a huge moment for the United States of America and for we the people.

Are we going to violate yet another treaty with the original people of this land? Are we going to allow what amounts to a corporate police force to continue brutalizing members of the biggest gathering of Native peoples since the Battle of Little Bighorn? (Representatives from 90 different Native American tribes have gathered at Standing Rock.)

I have strong ties to Native American spirituality; so much of what I’ve done as a people helper for the last 15 years has been informed by this tradition. I can’t in integrity leave my current obligations and stand in the flesh with my brothers and sisters (of all races) at Standing Rock. But I feel called to contribute more than my prayers.

Get a Reading, Support the Water Protectors

I usually try to come up with a cool offer as we head into the holiday season. This year I’m nearing the end of a two-year Pluto transit of my career and money zones and most of my creative energy is going towards fixing up a fixer-upper house we bought to enable our family to downsize and cut our cost of living. For the last few weeks I couldn’t think of any offer that I could actually envision finding the time and energy to follow through on.

Last week I decided to ask the angels for guidance and yesterday this inspiration struck me and I felt my whole energy shift. So here it is:

I’m donating 1/3 of the price of the first 20 readings or coaching sessions ordered between now and the Winter Solstice to help with food and medical supplies for the brave souls standing for me at Oceti Sakowin.

If you’ve been wanting to learn more about your life’s purpose, understand the opportunities and challenges awaiting you in the coming year, or give a loved one the gift of an astrology reading with me, purchase your reading here and together we’ll help sustain those who stand for the world we believe in.

 

The World Needs Your Giftedness

Jupiter in Libra: Collaboration and Community are the Keys to Prosperity

Those of us who care about the Earth, who have kindness in our hearts, who share a vision of a vibrant, healthy planet…we can no longer afford to be living on the fringes, settling for scraps.

Waiting for politicians to save us is a childish fantasy of rescue. The only people who can make it good are – and always have been – we the people.

Our next call is on Sunday, Nov. 27, a couple days before the Sagittarius New Moon. This New Moon is a fine time for activating not only more abundance but for calling in win-win partnerships and collaborators to help us expand our influence and do more good in the world.

Listen to the first Prosperity Sessions call and join us for the Sag New Moon and Gemini Full Moon calls here: Prosperity Sessions with DK and Ra Ma

The Taurus Supermoon

Black Moon Lilith and the Election (Part 1)

supermoon Taurus

At Shoshone California by Murray Foubister (creative commons).

Shock? Grief? Disbelief? Anger?

Can anyone say shadow sides? On Election Day the Sun was approaching its once-a-year conjunction with Black Moon Lilith, the avenging goddess of the suppressed feminine. This conjunction became exact early this morning, and is now separating. However, Monday morning’s Super Moon is close enough to Black Moon Lilith to keep the shadow energetics high through the weekend. Continue reading

November Special: Life Purpose Reading

Discover Your Soul’s Mission in Your Birth Chart

DK also teaches astrology online to adults.The New Moon in Scorpio on October 30 – following on the heels of the Oct. 18 Mars-Pluto conjunction – opens up a very special time for getting in touch with the deepest meaning of your life and recovering your soul’s power to manifest the life you came here to live.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Pluto lately. Partly because of the recent Mars-Pluto conjunction. Partly because I’m nearing the end of a two-year Pluto transit to my natal Venus. And partly because I’m teaching astrology again and finding fresh resonance with the living archetypes symbolized by the planets. Continue reading